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Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado touched down near Roblin on Saturday evening.
The tornado struck about 7 p.m., roughly 7 km south of the western Manitoba town near the Saskatchewan boundary, in the Rural Municipality of Shell River.
Dan Fulton, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said the tornado was on the ground for about five to 10 minutes.
?The only damage reported was some uprooted trees,? he said. ?It hit a rural area.?
Tornados were also sighted just west of the Saskatchewan boundary, between Kamsack and Wroxton.
Albert Nabe, reeve of the RM of Shell River, told the Winnipeg Sun late Sunday afternoon that he had been told of the tornado south of Roblin but hadn?t seen the site where it touched down.
?It just kind of came down the road allowance and uprooted the trees,? he said. ?There was no damage to any personal property or any buildings.?
Environment Canada had issued a tornado warning Saturday for southwest Manitoba near the Saskatchewan boundary.
?There was some storms going through. There was a trough of low pressure in the area and there was thunderstorms triggering along it. There were a few reports of funnel clouds too. Very unsettled,? Fulton said of the weather conditions.
?Basically, if you have kind of swirling winds at the low levels of the atmosphere and you get a strong enough updraft, you can get a tornado.?
Roblin is about 400 km northwest of Winnipeg.
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